Descriptions of furniture, accessories, and artwork.




Improvements

1. Mounted a basket on the Laundry Room door to store detergent and dryer sheets in a convenient location, rather than on top of the machines, on the floor, or in another closet.
2. Mounted a mirror in the bathroom.






Living in downtown Austin Texas
College - orientation, fraternity, majors,
A concept that I considered while in NYC was to downsize from the 1-bedroom to a Studio. I really didn't need 2 rooms for visits to the city. I also considered selling the NY Apt and buying a Studio apt in Los Angeles and live there for a few years to experience Southernn California (and go to Disneyland multiple times). So, years later, 2018, while looking at houses in Denton and East Austin, I realized I didn't want a second house with 2 lawns to mow, and 2 houses to maintain. Buying a house in an older naberhood would also 'require' extensive remodeling - I had just finished remodeling the Edmond kitchen and didn't want to deal with that again for a long while. While walking to the new Austin Library, I saw these condo towers and noticed one on the west - I looked up and told myself, Could I live there?

So, I looked at condos in Downtown Austin. The next day, Tom, my former college roommate and current Realtor took me up to view 3 of them. Each was nice, but when I walked out on the balcony of the one on the 29th floor, I said, "This is it".
“I can’t think of any negatives.”
“I was looking for the Austin Experience - we found it.”



It is a Studio, or, as I call it - a GHR - a Glorified Hotel Room. It is in a pedestrian area: Trader Joe’s, pet store, coffee house, 2nd Street, and parks, trails, and the lake. Before I could commit, I told the realtor that I needed to process on the drive back to Oklahoma (6 hours in the car) and agian once I got home.
On the drive home, from Austin to Fort Worth: "This feels so right." "This is something I want to do." I never felt nervous, any regret, or hesitation. It was confirmed.
I plan to experience Austin, San Antonio, and the Hill Country for 4 or 5 years, then consider something else.
Concept: Focus on the view, the height, and the brightness from the west. Minimal, classic, straight line furniture - few knickknacks and geegaws.


Merit Coffee, True Food, Trader Joe's, Pet Place, Poke Bowl






Specs
• Location: Seaholm Residences/2nd Street District, Austin
• Square feet: 558 interior, 52 Observation Deck
• Date of building construction: 2014 or 2016
November 2018: UT Advisor reunion, "I wanna buy a house."
Saturday am, 3: walk to Library, see 222 West Ave (what about a condo?); pm: tour East Austin
Sunday pm, 4: tour East Austin, downtown, 222 West condos, sunset on 15th
Monday 8:40a, 5: return to 19 & 29th: view of Zilker Park, river, hills; “This is it.”
Tuesday, 6: submit offer, counteroffers
Wensday, 11:44a, 7: offer accepted
Wensday, 10:00a, 21: Closing, unload car, Ikea furniture
Move in: Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2018: unpack, assemble furniture, settle
December 21-26: Settle, Brooklyn walk
Costs
368,000 Purchase
    1,600 Closing fees
       100 Moving
       450 Windowshade
370,150 Total Purchase